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Harmony – orderly or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
“I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms and keep it company”
Those “hokey” song lyrics first aired in 1971 in a Coca Cola commercial. I knew every word and used to sit on my front porch singing them. For some reason these words were comforting. It was something about how the tune and lyrics went together. They matched. They were harmonious.
When something is harmonious it just fits together and you know it was meant to be. When it gets right down to it, throughout life we’re always looking for the perfect match or harmonious situation. Whether job hunting, finding a new place to live or looking for that “right” someone – we are constantly trying to find harmony.
Why is it so elusive? How come it won’t just come together like the song? Perhaps the answer lies in how we perceive harmony.
During the 80’s I came up with a combination of a bright red dress matched with an awesome orange scarf and belt. No one believed it matched but I liked it. At the age of 6, in a piano recital, my daughter played the happy melody of Swan Lake in a minor key. It was shocking to the teacher but she beamed at its’ completion.
What “matches” or seems harmonious all depends on your attitude towards harmony. When we are happy about what we see and what we put together, there’s comfort. Too often, we are clouded by what we think others see. We want the perfection to come from the perception of someone else.
It is in releasing the “ideal” of perfection that we find true harmony. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t seek for the best of what we want nor does it give anyone room to settle. However, it does mean taking a look at what we truly see and feel verses what we think others view as harmonious.
That red and orange combination that I wore is quite popular today. I find it amusing that the CoachArt logo has the blend of colors. And that Swan Lake melody – well, let’s just say it earmarked my daughter’s untraditional style in which she’s always comfortably finding harmony.
What ways can you find your own harmonious tune? Share it proudly with others without feeling judged and see how that makes your melody a lot brighter.
by Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Director
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Conquer your fear! Truth is difficult for everyone because the fear of being hurt, rejected, disappointed or harmed in any way is terrifying. Know that you’re not alone in having to make the tough decision to speak your truth. But, also know that when you make the decision to live in truth, you accomplish more than just your truth. You look fear in the face and you crush it! You tell the world who you are. And, you move past the point where others can hurt you because if you’re not living in fear, then you’re living in love. Real truth is love.